“key to both our physical and mental health”

“key to both our physical and mental health”

Wow–what a milestone! Solid Stone Boxing Gym’s Parkinson’s Boxing Program is one year old. “Use it or lose it” is the fitness cliché that motivates most senior athletes, but our select group of Rope-a-Dopas knows a lot more about how regular and strenuous exercise, like the kind we get from boxing, is key to both our physical and mental health, stamina and (probably) longevity.
So, how did we luck out? How is it that Dakota Stone and Sue Taves came together on an idea to establish a class for us “special characters” right here where we live, on South Whidbey Island? Simple: We happened to be in the right place at the right time! But let’s give ourselves some credit also. With our sweat, commitment, and regular attendance we’ve made sure that our class remains financially viable—so good for us too!
When I look back over the last year, the first thing I see is Dakota’s mischievous smile as she dreams up the best ways to challenge our mental and physical abilities; helping us to strengthen our minds and bodies, and working to improve our boxing technique. I see her smile of pride and satisfaction in what we’re accomplishing with her help. And Sue’s reassuring presence, as she and all of the coaches maintain a watchful eye on our work-outs to make sure we’re safe and secure. Then I see Lauren and Donna, each coaching us individually to be the best that we can be. Their always-welcome encouragement helps us to meet the “no pain/no gain” challenge. And Mama-May’s cheerful presence, always ready to help us with anything we need. And, of course, we Rope-a-Dopas ourselves: What a great bunch of focused and motivated pugilists we’ve become over the last year. Good on us—all of us!